I’m getting more involved in focusing on environmental issues. Here is my new article on how East Asia is way behind in efforts at reforestation and the maintenance of greenery, and two simple things that can be done in Japan to improve things.
"With its engaging visuals and entertaining text, this book is a political lesson in how control is won and lost."
- nice to see this good review of our book THE MANY NOT THE FEW, in Tottenham. I used to teach a class in that area.
As that is starting soon HERE again is my article for the official website as a guide to Kumamoto, where Wales will play, and France, etc.
AND, to mention something important that is related to the world cup:
To help keep the fans safe in Japan please be aware of a couple of basic points:
1. In the UK most cars stop to let you cross on 'zebra crossings' (the road crossings with black and white stripes and no traffic lights) - but in Japan most cars don't stop. Normally several cars will go through before one stops to let you cross, even if you are clearly standing there waiting. As fans coming from one of the four UK nations wont know that it could lead to some accidents. So watch out for that please rugby fans.
2. In the UK cars can not turn into and drive through the normal pedestrians crossings (the ones that do have green go and red stop signs) when it's green and people are crossing. But in Japan they can and do - legally. And many times they do so very close to the people walking and at some speed. So watch out for that too, and be careful crossing.
In other ways, of course, Japan is a very safe country.
I was recently told that I have a chip on my shoulder about comics still being seen as a rather lowly art form.
I thought that wasn’t really the case as to have a chip on your shoulder implies that the grievance is mostly in your mind or exaggerated. But in terms of comics is an unfortunate reality than they are - still - looked down on, and clearly unfair. That is still there, despite the very considerable increase in their status/image over the last 30 years or so.
The phrase also implies a sense of unreasonable anger and annoyance at the perceived injustice. Of course it’s negative that comics have that lowly image, but in general I’m not angry or bitter about it. I’m so full of confidence about the beauty and intelligence of comics that my attitude is more like a mixture of mild contempt and pity for people who dont know how wonderful comics are!
In this time of democratic turmoil, of struggle between elite control and government for and by the people, have a look at this book of ours about popular protest throughout British history...
Jeremy Corbyn wrote the intro for it and recently launched it with a speech in the House of commons:
See more HERE
My reaction to the comments criticising protestors on Australian TV program (ABC's Q&A). We should blame the police for things being violence and the corrupt government for the lack of democracy in the first place, not the protestors.
(and please excuse my poor editing skills).
Now is the anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, and glad to see that its been getting quite a bit of attention in the media, with people making parallels to now - for example protestors being attacked in Paris and HK. The people’s fight agains corrupt elites goes on!
Our own graphic novel 'Fight the Power! A Visual History of Protest Among the English Speaking Peoples', mentioned in this post of Downthetubes has a chapter on Peterloo in it.
My latest in a long line of 'odd, but hmm, that's a good idea' articles:
Oh, and the title is adjusted from a short story by Franz Kafka.
“ The gig economy is shattering any lingering sense of trust in or fidelity to corporations. “Wide-scale public rage at oligarchic power is very mainstream now,” Klein says.” A key positive point as it points to an increased chance of real change. Klein being Naomi Klein, talking HERE about her book NO LOGO and its criticism of branding and logos.
The character, Matt, in our book THE STORY OF LEE, discusses the issue of why its not a good habit to be a walking free advert for such corporations.
I myself never buy any clothes or bags with such labels showing, and if I’m given some that do, as presents, I always deface the logo or make a joke out of it by adding something. Like when I got a ‘Hugo Boss’ bag from someone i changed the words to be 'No Boss'. And when i got a Star Wars Rebels t-shirt as a present I altered it to say ‘Anarchist Rebels’.
Japanese Fortune Strips or Omikuji (おみくじ) are cute little fortune-telling strips of paper that can be bought at shrines and temples throughout Japan.
They are very popular and a traditional part of Japan that goes back hundreds of years.
The fortune revealed upon opening the paper strip range from having a great blessing (大吉) to a great curse (大凶) and anything in between!
Get your one here:
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